Theatre Performance to Send WPI Off-Off Broadway

Contact: WPI Media Relations, 508-831-5706


A Worcester Polytechnic Institute play has been selected for a prestigious New York City festival. To raise money for the production, the troupe is holding a benefit performance of the play, Dreams Abridged, and a reception on June 15 on the WPI campus.

The play will then be taken on the road to Manhattan to compete in the 29th Annual Samuel French Off-Off Broadway Original Short Play Festival at Chernuchin, The American Theatre of Actors on June 18. The festival is an invitation-only, two-week-long event featuring some of the best theatre companies, professional schools and universities that foster playwriting - the WPI production being just one of 112 plays selected to compete in the festival from more than 300 nominations received nationwide.

Dreams Abridged, by Catherine Darensbourg, is a comedy about seven psychics who decide to quit their day jobs, win the lottery and open a restaurant. It was originally called The Dreamery and debuted in 1992 in the New Voices Theatre Festival, one of the country's longest continuously run university new play festivals. This year, director of WPI's theatre program Susan Vick submitted the revised 1992 play as an entry to the off-off Broadway theatre festival and received an invitation to perform. Members of the original cast are returning to work with new performers and stage crew.


Playwright Catherine Darensbourg wrote Dreams Abridged as a student at WPI in the early 1990s. After having 13 plays produced in the WPI New Voices festival, most recently It's Not Identity Theft If You Pay The Bills On Time, Darensbourg helps bring dramatic attention to WPI's theatrical activities.

The production consists of 25 members of the WPI community, including students, alumni, faculty and staff. It is a co-production of WPI Masque and the WPI Department of Humanities and Arts.


Tuesday, June 15
8:00 p.m.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Alden Memorial
100 Institute Road
Worcester, Mass.


Tickets are $25 and may be reserved through the Department of Humanities and Arts via email at nvnyc-info@wpi.edu or by phone at 508-831-5246.

More Info

For more information, call 508-831-5246, e-mail nvnyc-info@wpi.edu, or visit the Dreams Abridged Web site.